Bitterroot NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) family support group meets the second Thursday of the month at 700 N. 4th St. in Hamilton in the fellowship hall. Call 381-9884 for information.
Audubon calendar sale
The Bitterroot Audubon Society will be selling its 2013 calendar at the Hamilton Farmers Market. This one-of-a-kind calendar is by Bitterroot photographers of Bitterroot birds, with drawings by Bitterroot 3rd and 4th graders, plus “hot spots” where you can find particular birds in our valley. The cost is $15 and all proceeds go to the Bitterroot Audubon Education Fund. You can also find these unique calendars at Chapter 1 Book Store, Sam’s Spade and Art Focus in Hamilton; Darby Wine and Spirits in Darby; and Lisa Archer Silks in Stevensville.
Bitterroot Mushers raffle
The Bitterroot Mushers are having a fundraising raffle. The grand prize is a 14-mile dogsled ride with junior Iditarod finisher, Aiyana Ferraro. Other prizes include: a one night stay for two at Lost Trail Hot Springs Resort with two 1-day lift tickets to Lost Trail Powder Mountain, $50 gift certificate for Darby Distribution, $40 gift certificate to the Naughty Moose Restaurant, 1-hour session of Positive Changes LLC PUSH muscle therapy, and a gift basket from Darby Wine and Spirits. Tickets are on sale through October 30. The drawing will be November 1 and you need not be present to win. Tickets are $5 each, 5 for $20. Visit www.bitterrootmushers.org or call Nicki at (406) 369-0707 for ticket sale locations and other information.
Darby Bread Box collections
For the months of October and November, the Darby Bread Box is collecting peanut butter, stuffing and pumpkin pie mix. You can drop off the donated items at Peoples Market and the Bitterroot Credit Union in Darby.
Ravalli Recycling is open Mondays from 3 to 6 p.m. or dusk, and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon (Sat. only buying aluminum cans, scrap metals and car batteries). #1 and #2 plastics, cardboard (flattened and no wax), telephone books, magazines and tin cans are currently being accepted. Containers must be rinsed and no lids or caps are accepted. The recycling center is located at 131 Old Corvallis Road, Hamilton, next to Habitat for Humanity, www.ravallirecycling.org for more information. The center is 99% run by volunteers. Volunteers always needed. Call 375-5398 for details.
HHS bands fruit sale
The Hamilton High School Bands are currently taking orders for fresh citrus fruit including naval oranges, grapefruit, and mandarin oranges which will be delivered during the second week in December. The citrus is picked fresh in southern California and delivered to Hamilton within days of harvest. It’s a healthy alternative to most fundraisers and the fruit is delivered just in time for the holidays. The citrus is sold in boxes of 20 lbs. and 40 lbs. For more information, or to place an order, call 375-6060, ext. 6248 by October 31.
Stevi Booster Club Bazaar
The annual Stevensville Booster Club Bazaar will be held Saturday, December 1, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Stevensville High School. Shop for great crafts, and enjoy homemade soup and pie. To get an application or ask about available space, call Karla at 777-0059.
Misa en Español
St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, La calle Main Street, en frente de la biblioteca el segundo y cuarto Miercoles de cada mes a las 7 p.m.
Todos estan bienvenidos! Preguntas? Llama la Revda Dori Zubizarreta, 360-2661.
(English also spoken.)
Wednesday, October 31
BPL Preschool Story Time
Preschoolers are invited to meet in the children’s corner of the Bitterroot Public Library on Wednesday, October 31 to enjoy “Trick or Treat” with storyteller Dominic Farrenkopf. Story time begins at 10:30 a.m. and is designed for children 3-5 years of age. All story times are free and open to the public. You’re welcome to wear your costume!
Trunk or Treat
Get your costumes ready for the 3rd Annual Trunk or Treat on Wednesday, October 31 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at The King’s Christian Church, 9830 Valley Grove Drive, Lolo. Outside there will be many festive trunks of treats and inside there will be free games plus more treats. Call 273-0682 for more information.
This year, the Stevensville United Methodist Church is sponsoring a Trunk-R-Treat program on Wednesday, October 31 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Methodist Church parking lot, corner of Pine and East 3rd in Stevensville. Trunk-R-Treat gives children a safe place to trick or treat. Church members will decorate their vehicles and dress up in costumes, and hand out candy and other treats to kids who come to trick-or-treat.
Candy donations can be dropped off at the church during the month of October if desired. The church is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday — and Sunday mornings!
Trunk or Treat Party
A Trunk or Treat event will be held Wednesday, October 31 from 6 to 8 p.m. at 601 Main Street, Stevensville (parking lot of former grocery store). There will be trunk-to-trunk treats with decorated vehicles full of free candy, plus free hot beverages and other treats for all kids. The event is sponsored by Light of the Valley Great Adventures Kids. For more information call 777-5859.
St. Mary’s Family Center will host a community Halloween Party on Wednesday, October 31 from 6 to 8 p.m. The center is located at 400 Charlos St. in Stevensville. The evening will feature children’s games with prizes. All children leave with Trick-or-Treat candy. Admission is one unopened bag of Halloween candy per child. Parents are encouraged to accompany children and adults are also invited to attend. It will be ‘spooktacular.’
Thursday, November 1
Tire Iron Club
The Bitterroot Tired Iron Club will meet on Thursday, November 1 at 5 p.m. at the home of Darrell and Carolyn Sperry, 807 Old Corvallis Road. This is a potluck dinner. Members should bring a side dish or dessert, table service and meat to cook on the grill. This is the last meeting of the year.
Friday, November 2
FS Friday breakfast
Bitterroot National Forest Supervisor Julie King will hold this month’s Forest Friday breakfast on Friday, November 2 from 7 to 9 a.m. at Perkins Restaurant, 1285 N. First street in Hamilton. The public is invited to join her for breakfast and discussion. This month’s topics and speakers include: 2012 Wildfire Season: Acres burned & lessons learned – Rick Floch, fire management officer; Travel Management Plan update – Dan Ritter, district ranger; Lost Trail Ski Resort: Timber sale & thinning project – Jerry Krueger, planning staff officer; Bitter Root RC & D, organization update – Becki Koon, executive director.
Forest Friday’s were started this year by the Bitterroot National Forest. They occur every other month and are a no-host breakfast meeting at a local restaurant with the goal of sharing good food, great company, and a little information about what’s happening on our National Forest. For more information contact the Bitterroot National Forest at 363-7100.
North Valley pachyderm Club
The North Valley Pachyderm Club will meet Friday, November 2 at 12 noon at The Frontier Café, Hwy 93 in Stevensville. The North Valley Pachyderm Club meets the first and third Friday of each month from noon to 1 p.m. at the Frontier Café and is an educational arm of the Republican Party. All are welcome.
Three days of Psychic and Healing services will be held at Between the Worlds in Hamilton starting November 2 from 2 to 9 p.m. Saturday hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday hours are 12 noon to 6 p.m. This fundraising effort will benefit Montana Integrative Therapies, a non-profit organization which secures funding for alternative healing therapies for those who are chronically ill, in hospice, or in extended care facilities. Exceptional practitioners, selected by their peers, will be offering a wide range of services: Tarot, Astrology, Palm, Clairvoyant & Past Life Readings, Aura Photography, Myo-Neuro Release, and Energy Work. Between the Worlds is located at 205 W. Main in Hamilton.
Mature drivers class
A four-hour Adult Driver Safety class (formerly ’55 Alive’) will be presented on Friday, November 2 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Stevensville Senior Center, 100 Mission Street. In recognition of veterans, and their dependents, this course is being offered free. This safe driving strategies class is designed for drivers age 50 and over; all drivers are welcome. For non-Vets, the class fee is $12.00 for AARP members and $14.00 for non-members. Pre-registration is advised. There are no written exams or driving tests and, Montana mandates an insurance discount for qualified participants. For further information or details contact Betty Lowell at 777-5681 or call Thom Ainsworth, District Coordinator, at 369-0149. The class will be offered again at Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital in Hamilton on November 16, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Mansion craft show
The Daly Mansion Preservation Trust invites you to have lunch in Hattie’s Kitchen and do all of your Christmas shopping early at The Daly Mansion’s annual Holly Jolly Craft Show and Sale Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, November 2-4. Hours are 12 noon to 6 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Located off of Eastside Highway between Hamilton and Corvallis, the Daly Mansion will be filled with high quality homemade and handcrafted goods featuring 35 local and regional crafters and artisans. Admission is $3.00 at the door and children will be admitted free. For more information, call the Daly Mansion at 363-6004.
An Old Fashioned Rummage Sale will be held Friday and Saturday, November 2 and 3 at the United Methodist-American Baptist Church, 211 N. 6th Street, Hamilton. Sale hours are Friday 9-3 and Saturday 8-2. You never know what you will find when a church cleans out its cupboards and closets!
NVPL Customer Appreciation Day
North Valley Public Library will celebrate its patrons on First Friday with a customer appreciation day. Visitors will find hot drinks and cookies and complimentary NVPL book bags and bookmarks and a drawing to win a Thanksgiving turkey. Customer appreciation day will continue during the First Friday evening event, a Relaxation and Yoga Demo from 7 to 8 p.m. “Our customers are the foundation of this library.” said Director, Desiree Dramstad. “The entire staff at NVPL appreciates the strong commitment and support our patrons give to the library and on Friday, we would like to say thank you.”
The recognition continues into the month of November with Food for Fines. Customers are able to waive overdue fines by bringing in non-perishable food items to benefit the Pantry Partners food bank. Food for Fines will continue through the Holiday season. In addition to customer appreciation day and Food for Fines, an additional activity will take place at the library, which recognizes patrons by connecting their skills and passions to others in the community. This community asset survey will be available at the library. It will ask: “What are you good at”, “What are your passions”, and “What can you teach”. Answers will be anonymously displayed on the wall of the library and those who participate will be entered in a drawing to win an Amazon Kindle. Dramstad, who learned about this unique activity at a recent conference in Telluride, said, “The library wants to learn more about the customer’s skills and passions because, as a hub of the community, we want to take the responsibility of creating useful and meaningful connections to promote learning, share in skills and interests and through these connections, ultimately create a tightened sense of community.” For information on customer appreciation activities and other library events, check www.northvalleylibrary.org or call 777-5061. North Valley Public Library is located at 208 Main Street in Stevensville.
Knights of Columbus Fish Fry:
The summer is over and the Knights of Columbus will start their regular First Friday Fish Fry this coming Friday, November 2. The meal consists of fish, fries, coleslaw, “Niezgodzki Mac N Cheese”, vegetables, dessert and soft beverage. It is “all you can eat.” The price for the meal is $10.00 per person children under nine is free. Wine can be purchased separately. The meal is served from 5 to 7 p.m. The food and service is great, we serve anywhere form 100 to 150 guest. This is a great opportunity to relax and let someone else do the cooking. Everyone is welcome so come out bring a friend and enjoy the evening at St. Francis’ Pastoral Center located at 411 S. 5th St. Hamilton. For information contact Nick Hooper at 961-3930.
Eagles Taco Night
Tacos and more will be served at the Eagles Lodge on Friday, November 2. Tacos (soft and hard), burritos, and taco salad will be served from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. The public is welcome.
Got Pink Pint Night
Got Pink Pint Night and Sprinkle Pink Grand Finale will be held Friday, November 2 at 6 p.m. at the Blacksmith Brewery, Stevensville. This is October’s Sprinkle Pink concluding event and the place were the top three merchants and Mammo Men who raised the most money will be crowned. Be there and go pink! Proceeds benefit the Aid for Mammography Fund at Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital. For more information visit mdmh.org.
Sally Johnson will be the featured artist for the month of November at River’s Mist Gallery of Fine Art in Stevensville. ”Tranquility Portrayed” features Johnson’s works in watercolor and acrylic, creations of delicate reflections of flora and landscapes around Montana and Hawaii. An artist’s reception will be held Friday, November 2 from 6 to 9 p.m. The budding artist for November is Ashley Schulz. The show runs through December 4. The gallery is located at 317 Main Street in Stevensville. For more information call 777-0520.
Relaxation Techniques & Yoga Demonstration
Tired of hearing political ads? The nightly news? The drama of every day? Do you breathe, relax and sleep well? If not, come and learn relaxation techniques to relieve your mind and body of toil. This demonstration will be a combination of yoga and massage. Wear comfortable clothes (no makeup or tight jeans) and learn how to relax and reduce your stress level. Join instructor Gretchen Langton at North Valley Public Library on First Friday, November 2 from 6 to 8 p.m. North Valley Public Library is located at 208 Main Street, Stevensville. For more information, call the library at 777-5061.
Run Amok Productions will present a concert celebrating the 5th anniversary of Walking Corpse Syndrome on Friday, November 2 at the Corvallis Grange, 170 Dutch Hill Road in Corvallis. Also appearing will be Odds Unfavored and Warcry. This is an all ages show, with doors opening at 6:30 p.m., first band on at 7 p.m. Admission is $5. For more information, call Michael at 240-0216.
Saturday, November 3
MDMH Free Cholesterol Screening
Saturday, November 3 is the community Cholesterol Screening at Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital. MDMH is encouraging good health with this free Lipid Profile/Cholesterol Screening from 7:30 to 10 a.m. in conference rooms B & C for all Ravalli County residents ages 18 and older. The screening will include Glucose and HDL, LDL, Cholesterol, Triglycerides and Chol/HDL Ratio, a value of over $100/person. Enter through the Hospital’s main entrance at 1200 Westwood Drive, Hamilton. Bring your drivers license or some form of identification, drink plenty of water but do not eat or have caffeinated drinks 8 to 10 hours prior to the screening. Test results will be mailed to you within one week. For more information visit mdmh.org or call Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital at 363-2211.
St. Mary’s bazaar
St. Mary’s annual parish bazaar will take place on Saturday, November 3 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Family Center, 400 Charlos in Stevensville. In addition to the silent auction there will be crafts, baked goods, a raffle, hot food and more. Items to be raffled off include a quilt, an afghan, a painting and a cedar lined blanket chest. Each of these items is hand-crafted by a parishioner. For more information call Frances Pfau at 642-3271.
Bitter Root Beekeepers
The newly formed Beekeepers of the Bitter Root will meet Saturday, November 3 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Hamilton Library meeting room. Among topics to be discussed will be a review of challenges of the 2012 season, and how to prepare bee colonies for the winter.
Contact Tracy Norman at 381-3053 for information.
Child safety seat clinic
The Ravalli Safe Kids Child Safety Seat Fitting Station offers free seat inspections on the first Saturday of every month at Mildenberger Motors in Hamilton. Lonie Hutchison, Nick Hooper and others will be on hand to provide free seat inspections for anyone wishing to assure their child’s safety this Saturday, November 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Appointments can be made by calling Lonie at 546-9640 or Nick at 381-1200. This is a great opportunity for parents and others caring for kids that they are using their safety seats properly. Nearly 73% of child restraints are not installed or used correctly. Your child must be with you for proper fitting (expecting parents are an exception). Coffee is provided by Mildenberger Motors at this event. So come on by have a cup of care and assure your loved one is safe.
Senior Center bingo
Hamilton Senior Center will be hosting a Special Saturday Bingo on November 3. Doors open at noon, games start at 1 p.m. Paper cards will be used. Free refreshments will be served. Players must be at least 18 to play. Call Cathy at 375-9276 for information.
Back County Horsemen
The Selway-Pintlar Wilderness Back County Horsemen (SPWBCH) is a group of mostly horse and mule riders who love exploring the mountain backcountry, and work hard keeping trails open into the wilderness. The group will hold its Annual Thanksgiving Dutch Oven Cookout on Saturday, November 3 at Lake Como’s new pavilion, across the road from the Rock Creek Horse Camp. Dutch oven cooking to start at 11 a.m.; feasting to begin around 12:30. A short meeting will follow. Bring some good food (Dutch oven or not) and some good trail stories to share with good friends (new or not) around the campfire. A chair and warm clothing are also suggested. If weather conditions require, the cook-out will be held at the home of Joe and Kathy Hundley in Darby. For information, contact Linda at 961-1435 or email@example.com.
BRPA anniversary concert
Singer/songwriter Jenn Adams will perform in concert on Saturday, November 3 at the Stevensville Hotel at 7 pm as part of the 12th anniversary celebration of the Bitterroot River Protection Association. The $20 tickets include a delicious and eclectic variety of hors d’oeuvres, wine and beer.
A recent graduate of the Berklee College of Music in Boston MASS, Jenn Adams has returned to the Bitterroot Valley. Teaching and performing again in western Montana, she is excited to share new songs, old stories and well earned trials of troubadours road. Twisting the corners of folk, blues and jazz into immediately personal songs, she is internationally recognized for her distinctive sound and well-crafted songwriting.
The citizen-initiated Bitterroot River Protection Association is the Bitterroot River’s only standing legal defense fund. BRPA has been ultimately successful in two precedent-setting legal battles. One, a District Court ruling that kept our fisheries from being removed from the public domain by funneling them into private “streams” (technically ditches made to look like streams) and ponds. The second, the Mitchell Slough case, which kept the Bitterroot River and most other rivers and streams in Montana open to public access.
Now it’s time to celebrate! For reservations call Victoria at 777-3928.
RC&D Gala Night
Bitter Root Resource Conservation and Development Area, Inc. (RC&D) is hosting the first annual “Light Up The Night” Fundraising Gala on Saturday, November 3 at 6 p.m. at the Bitterroot River Inn, Hamilton. Tickets are $40 single, $75 couple.
Help “Light Up The Night” by celebrating Bitter Root RC&D’s 47th Birthday while assisting more than 50 community projects and activities by donating to and attending the Gala on November 3. Bitter Root RC&D is also looking for event sponsors and auction item donors.
In April of 2011, the Bitter Root RC&D lost the federal funding support that helped the organization reach out to assist local communities as its done in the past. The Bitter Root RC&D is now diversifying its funding stream to assist with sustainability, helping keep the doors open to continue to do the good work that is so vital to rural communities.
Your attendance and/or donation supports efforts such as: helping cancer victims with groceries, transportation and physical therapy; getting youth outside to experience and learn to care for the natural environment; helping reduce fire hazard through hazardous fuels reduction on private lands; helping the nonprofit community build capacity through education; recycling in Ravalli County; promoting energy efficiency education for residents and energy audits for local agricultural producers; and first-time homebuyer education.
For more information call 363-5450 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, November 5
Stevi school menu
Monday: Breakfast – Cereal or yogurt, fruit, toast, milk; Lunch – Hot Pockets, peas & carrots, apples, bread & butter, milk
Tuesday: Breakfast – Waffles or yogurt, fruit, toast, milk; Lunch – Bean & cheese burrito, Spanish rice, watermelon, bread & butter, chocolate or regular milk;
Wednesday: Breakfast – Scrambled eggs or yogurt, fruit, toast, milk; Lunch – Meatballs with mashed potatoes & gravy, mixed veggies, oranges, bread & butter, milk
Thursday: Breakfast – Pancake on a stick or yogurt, fruit, toast, milk; Lunch – Tuna salad sandwich, sweet potato fries, kiwi, bread & butter, milk
Friday: Breakfast – Cinnamon rolls or yogurt, fruit, toast, milk; Lunch – Sweet & sour chicken over rice, pears, bread & butter, chocolate or regular milk.
District Judge Jeff Langton will be speaking at the next meeting of the Hamilton Rotary Club, on Monday, November 5. Judge Langton will provide an overview of the criminal justice system, including sentencing guidelines, and social criminal trends. The club meets Mondays at noon at BJ’s Restaurant, 900 N. 1st Street, Hamilton. There will be time for questions and discussion. This meeting is open to the public. For further information call 363-2960.
Florence Civic Club
The Florence Civic Club would like to invite interested citizens and those with a community project that might need help to attend the meetings. Meetings are held the first Monday of each month at the NOVA/Family Living Center Suite #3, located next to Town Pump in Florence. Meetings start at 7 p.m. and usually run an hour. Any questions? Call Ann at 406-403-6491. The next meeting is scheduled for Monday, November 5. The club has many interesting, fun activities and fund raisers planned for the next upcoming months. All help is welcome.
Tuesday, November 6
Fly Fishers of the Bitterroot
The monthly meeting of FFB will be held Tuesday, November 6 at BJ’s Restaurant, in Hamilton. The social hour is from 6 to 7 p.m. The featured speaker is Greg Chester. He is presenting “Christmas Island – A Jewel in the North Pacific.” Greg recently traveled to the area for bone fish and giant trevally. He will discuss local culture, historic highlights, and of course, the fishing!
Anyone interested in exotic destinations will want to see this program. Call Dorreen at 363-0744 for further information.
Sons of Norway
Bitterrootdalen Lodge, Sons of Norway will meet Tuesday, November 6 at 5 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Hamilton. The program will be by Birte and Askjel from URWEG, which will provide a display of Viking and Celtic jewelry and decorations. They will also explain the history of ancient ornaments and demonstrate how they are made. The Lodge will provide a main dish, service and drinks. Visitors and guests are invited to bring a side dish. The public is always welcome.